create new courses and to evaluate students etalki.com uses
for evaluation the popular CEFR
standard (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
The six reference English levels are widely accepted as the global
standard for grading an individual’s language proficiency.
English levels are used by all modern English language books and
English language schools. It is recommended that students at
etalki.com use CEFR levels in job resumes (curriculum vitae,
CV, Europass CV) and other English levels references. We list here
the CEFR descriptors for language proficiency level with the
approximate equivalent to other global English evaluation schemes-
Cambridge ESOL, Canadian Language Benchmarks / Canadian English
Language Proficiency Index Program (CLB/CELPIP), Canadian Academic
English Language Assessment (CAEL), BULATS, IELTS and TOEFL.
English language levels description
English Basic User (A1, A2)
Students at the end of the level A1 can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type, and also can introduce him/herself and others and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. These students can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. The level A1 is similar to Cambridge BULATS score 10-19, Young Learners English (YLE) Movers.
Students can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need. The level A2 is similar to Cambridge KEY (KET) certificate, BULATS score 20-39, CLB/CELPIP 4, YLE Flyers.
B levels- English Independent User
C levels- Proficient English User
Students can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing a controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices. The level C1 is similar to Cambridge Advanced (CAE), BEC Higher, BULATS score 75-89, CLB/CELPIP 8-9, CAEL 70, IELTS level 7, TOEFL 110-120, TOEIC score 880.
Students at the end of this level can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read, can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. They can also express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations. The level C2 is similar to Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE), BULATS score 90-100, CLB/CELPIP 10-12, CAEL 80-90, IELTS exam 8-9.